Leadership resources

Leadership Kansas- An Affiliate of the Kansas Chamber

This is a very unique opportunity to anyone looking to truly enhance their leadership capabilities. Leadership Kansas is one of the oldest leadership training programs in the country. Nearly 500 people are nominated every year but only 40 are selected to participate in the course. The mission statement of leadership Kansas is to:
"Serve as a catalyst for the continued development of leadership throughout Kansas by:
  • Annually identifying leaders from across Kansas.
  • Informing those leaders about key state issues.
  • Inspiring those leaders to maintain involvement in the social, business and political fabric of Kansas communities.
  • Maintaining a cohesive, relevant, Leadership Kansas alumni network."
Pretty cool! It was originally established by the former Kansas Governor Mr. Robert Bennett and Mr. Gary Sherrer. The website gives the instructions of nominating someone to be accepted to the course as well as much more information about the history and opportunity of this unique leadership development training program. It states that the students will be taught by well known Kansas leaders and will participate in discussions about topics such as business, education, agriculture, public policy, societal health and development, economics and government. It states that students who graduate the course will be well educated and better equipped to take on leadership positions in their communities.
Here is the link to their website: http://www.leadershipkansas.org/mx/hm.asp?id=AboutLeadershipKansas

Visit the APTA.org website: http://www.aptahpa.org/displaycommon.cfm?an=1&subarticlenbr=57 to find out more about Leadership Education information.
Through the Institute for Leadership in Physical Therapy, the Section on Health Policy & Administration (HPA) provides leadership education to physical therapy professionals, assisting participants in the development and expansion of skills essential to autonomous practice. This website offers great opportunities to attend conferences on becoming a personal leader or adaptive & transformational leadership. There is also a Leadership Self-Assessment educational series.

Junior LeagueThis is a great website to be involved and take leadership roles within the community. Junior League orchestrates communities projects and ways to give back to the community. Junior League is also known for sponsoring research grants. It is a great way to take leadership within your community and also to promote the physical therapy profession. It can also be a great way to be involved with the decision of various research grants within the community


Sertoma Club of Kansas City

Staying in the Kansas City area and looking for other opportunities for leadership within the community? The Sertoma Club of Kansas City does many projects that benefit a large amount of people. Some of the activities the club performs include collecting coats in the winter for under-served children and making contributions to the Kansas School for the Deaf. Their website gives more information about other projects they are involved in and gives information on how to join!


Kiwanis provides leadership and service opportunities for youth through its Service Leadership Programs. One attempts to improve the quality of life directly through activities promoting health and education. It should be important to us as physical therapists to continue to improve the quality of life for others inside and outside the clinic and Kiwanis is a great opportunity to provide for others.

Harvesters is a clearinghouse for the collection and distribution of food and related household products. Collecting food and household products from community and industry sources, distributing those products and providing nutrition services through a network of nonprofit agencies, and offering leadership and education programs to increase community awareness of hunger and generate solutions to alleviate hunger. A network of more than 620 nonprofit agencies throughout a 26-county direct service area, including emergency food pantries, soup kitchens, homeless shelters, children’s homes, homes for the mentally disabled and shelters for battered persons. Harvesters is a a nationwide network of more than 200 food banks, serving all 50 states. This program is a great option to physical therapists to provide for others, and it does not require any training or certification.

An interesting business that is dedicated to promoting learning and guidance regarding the business, marketing, and entrepreneurship aspects of physical therapy is called Prosperous Physical Therapy by Erika Tremble. Its interesting as it is not an article, or even an organization in a local area, but appears to be a great resource for those questions regarding the aspects of the practice that we don't really nail down in school. This particular post is in regards to leadership and the steps you can take to be the best "customer service advocate" you can be. The 8 steps are easy to read, and are very applicable to the setting in which you are yearning to be an excellent leader in your field.

The following article out of the APTA's journal Physical Therapy discusses certain LAMP skills new graduates and practicing physical therapists should possess to be effective practitioners providing the highest quality of care. This article was used to complete an assignment in the past, and is a good resource to have easy access to once we are practicing in the clinic.

Special Olympics: Fun fitness

Fun fitness is the physical therapy section of the Special Olympics healthy athlete program. Volunteering your time with this organization is a great way to provide leadership within the community, while promoting fitness and physical therapy. You would be providing a basic fitness assessment to the athletes, and educating them and their families on specific exercises that would benefit them, as well as general fitness and physical therapy education. You are even able to volunteer as a student PT.

Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City provides a fun and safe environment for youth, ages 5-18, to learn, play, meet new friends and grow. From sports, digital arts and media, to group activities and tutoring, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City provides top-quality programs to thousands of area youth each day. The club offers opportunities for volunteers to participate in all facets of the program. There are also opportunities to work on the board of directors, be a partner or a supporter. Being involved in the community, especially in a way that supports the health and wellness of youth, is an important way for health care professionals to show leadership.

A great foundation that has already made an impact on the healthcare world is Rotary International. They have been a huge influence on the eradication of Polio. Even though one must be invited to join Rotary, the impact that PT's could have in the research/development of polio/post-polio treatment and, therefore be a great asset to Rotary.
Rotary International

This is a website that has a collection of different researched articles and discusses activities for improving leadership, managerial, and supervising skills. This could come in handy as a resource to work on your leadership skills. It has a lot of information about a variety of topics and it has incorporated theories and problem solving strategies. It also incorporates articles and other written works about leadership which is good if you are looking for a variety of information about leadership.
Leadership Website

The Abu Bekr shrine is a wonderful organization that exists primarily for the benefit of children. Shriner organizations are nationwide but the Abu Bekr shrine is specific to NW Iowa and includes members from 22 counties. The Abu Shrine funds an annual circus every Spring in Sioux City, IA. The Shrine's charitable arm is the Shriners Hospitals for Children, a network of twenty-two hospitals in the United States, Mexico and Canada. It was originally formed to treat young victims of polio, but as that disease was controlled, they broadened their scope. They now deal with orthopedic care, burn treatment, cleft lip and palate care and spinal cord injury rehabilitation. All treatment offered at Shriner's Hospitals for Children is offered without any financial obligation to patients and their families, and there is no requirement for religion, race, or relationship to a Shriner. Patients must be under the age of eighteen and treatable.

United Way of Greater Kansas City’s work is focused on community impact, seeking to improve lives and strengthen communities. While United Way continues its historic role as a fundraiser and investor in effective human services programs, we know we must also do more.
United Way recognizes that there are underlying community challenges that cannot be solved by dollars alone, so we are focusing efforts in several key areas to make even greater impact. In addition to the tremendous contributions our funded programs make, we must place even more emphasis on being a year-round, positive force in community. United Way is doing more than just raising and investing dollars, but also working collaboratively with a whole range of community partners to achieve lasting results.
United Way Greater Kansas City

Connections to Success provides resources and services to help individuals living in poverty become economically self sufficient. Dress for success (a branch of Connections to Success in KC) provides women professional attire, a network of support and career development tools to help disadvantaged women thrive in the work force.This program is great for physical therapists to offer to our patients in need. There are also options to volunteer, become a sponsor or to donate outgrown or worn business attire!


TED Talks
TED talks are short educational videos offered on a variety of topics. The link below is for TED talks relating to leadership that can apply to any career or just life in general. The talks in this section focus on a lot of different aspects of leadership including leadership for women, leadership in daily life, and how to inspire others.

American Stroke Foundation
Another great foundation in the Kansas City area that can help foster a leadership role in the community is the American Stroke Foundation. Volunteering at the ASF gives physical therapy students a chance to work alongside occupational therapists to treat and develop an action plan to benefit the stroke survivors. Students can help lead an exercise class or assist with motor learning and cognition activities.

This leadership program provides individuals with the leadership skills they need to provide lasting changes to their surrounding communities. The program was started by The Kansas Health Foundation in 2007. They offer a variety of programs for the individual and for an organization. One of the individual prgorams that really stood out to me was Leadership Hikes. It's a new program that consists of participants performing physical activity while increasing their adaptive leadership skills. This year the event takes place May 17, 2014 near Strong City, Kansas. Individuals enjoy a guided leadership hike through the Tallgrass National Prairie Preserve. Overall, this website can provide physical therapists the opportunity to learn and take on a leadership roles in the state that they love!